30 episodes

The Agora is a podcast created by the team behind MacroPolis. It’s a political and economic analysis website based in Athens.
In this podcast series, we examine political, economic and social developments in Greece. But our podcasts will also look at what’s happening in the world around us.
We provide listeners with insight from our own experts and analysis from special guests.
If you enjoy intelligent, lively discussion and want the bigger picture, join us for a stroll through the Agora.
To get an idea of the kind of insight we provide, check out The Agora blog, which has being going strong since 2013.
Our theme music is a track called Straight Line Blues and has been kindly provided by the Burgundy Grapes.

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The Agora is a podcast created by the team behind MacroPolis. It’s a political and economic analysis website based in Athens.
In this podcast series, we examine political, economic and social developments in Greece. But our podcasts will also look at what’s happening in the world around us.
We provide listeners with insight from our own experts and analysis from special guests.
If you enjoy intelligent, lively discussion and want the bigger picture, join us for a stroll through the Agora.
To get an idea of the kind of insight we provide, check out The Agora blog, which has being going strong since 2013.
Our theme music is a track called Straight Line Blues and has been kindly provided by the Burgundy Grapes.

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    Rising sun: How will PASOK's revival affect Greek politics?

    Rising sun: How will PASOK's revival affect Greek politics?

    Greece’s socialist party, PASOK, was the powerhouse of Greek politics since the early 1980s. However, the debt crisis that emerged from 2009 sucked the life out of the centre-left grouping. Its share of the vote fell from 44 pct that year to roughly a tenth of that in 2015 as PASOK became a toxic political brand.
    Recently, though, the party has been making something of a comeback. It elected a new leader, MEP Nikos Androulakis, at the end of last year and has seen its poll ratings increase to such an extent that it is being talked about as a potential kingmaker or coalition partner in the next government.
    In the last few days, party members voted to reinstate the party’s traditional name, PASOK, alongside the Movement for Change (KINAL) moniker it had gone under for the last few years.
    With national elections due in the next 12 months, The Agora podcast takes a closer look at PASOK’s return to the centre stage and what this means for Greek politics.
    Phoebe Fronista speaks to Irene Kostaki, a former journalist who is now working as a political advisor on EU affairs to Androulakis to find out more about how revitalised the party is and what plans it has.
    Nick Malkoutzis speaks to political scientist Elias Dinas, currently the Swiss Chair in Federalism, Democracy and International Governance at the European University Institute in Florence, about the political landscape in Greece, the new cleavages that have formed and how PASOK’s revival fits into the broader picture.

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    • 50 min
    Losing game: Greece's weak defence against hooliganism

    Losing game: Greece's weak defence against hooliganism

    Following a deadly attack on a 19-year-old football fan in Thessaloniki in early February, the Greek government has announced new measures aimed at reining in hooliganism.
    However, we've been here before in Greece. So, will the latest measures actually make any difference or are they just a knee-jerk, ineffective reaction to a problem that needs a much wider, consistent approach?
    We start by asking whether Greece's thinking and methods when addressing sports-related violence are outdated. We spoke to Professor Geoff Pearson, a senior lecturer in criminal law at the University of Manchester, to get a better understanding of how this issue is addressed elsewhere. Geoff is an expert in hooliganism, crowd management and policing.
    To discuss Greek football's particular ailments, we spoke to Alexandros Kottis, a freelance journalist based in Athens working for AFP and Courier International, among others. 
    He recently wrote an article for the BBC about the sad state of Greek football.
    Useful links
    Professor Geoff Pearson's publications
    The infinite chaos of Greek football: How the latest hope for change was lost by Alexandros Kottis
    Alexandros's "Supporters" photo project - https://www.facebook.com/Supporters-1784346485175846/
    Alkis Kampanos, a 19-year-old Greek football fan murdered for supporting the wrong team - The Athletic


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    • 45 min
    Riding into the danger zone: Greece gets new jets

    Riding into the danger zone: Greece gets new jets

    Greece recently received the first six state-of-the art fighter jets it has ordered from France, hoping that their arrival marks the start of an upgrade of its military capabilities, but also an improvement in its geopolitical standing.
    The Rafale planes - of which Greece is expecting another 18 - touched down in Greece to much fanfare and excitement. This episode of The Agora examines whether this pomp and circumstance is deserved and how their arrival fits into the broader diplomatic picture.
    Co-host Phoebe Fronista was there to greet the aircraft and tells us about what she saw and heard. Nick Malkoutzis speaks to MacroPolis foreign policy analyst Alexandra Voudouri and Yiannis Ioannou, co-founder of Geopolitical Cyprus, about the Rafales and the other key developments in the Eastern Mediterranean.
    Useful links
    Greece receives ‘game-changer’ Rafale aircraft from France - Al Jazeera
    Greece receives six French fighter jets as part of €11.5bn military overhaul - The Guardian
    The France-Greece alliance and EastMed geopolitics - Geopolitical Cyprus
    EastMed: A pipeline project that ran afoul of geopolitics and green policies - Politico

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    • 48 min
    The Greek economy: A macro view

    The Greek economy: A macro view

    The Greek economy is back in focus on this episode of The Agora as we take a peak at the 2022 budget and a closer look at broader trends and challenges.
    MacroPolis co-founder Yiannis Mouzakis provides a whistlestop tour of the budget, explaining its key elements and what obstacles the Greek government's economic plan could encounter next year.
    Two men with extensive knowledge of the Greek economy, Bob Traa and Jens Bastian, join us for a broad discussion about causes for optimism, but also reasons to be cautious as 2022 beckons, including low productivity, high unemployment and limited prospects at home for young Greeks.
    Bob was the IMF’s senior representative in Greece at the outset of the economic crisis, between 2010 and 2013. He has also written a book about the country's economic challenges (more below).
    Jens is a senior policy adviser at the ELIAMEP think-tank in Athens. He also works an independent economic analyst.
    Mentioned on this episode:
    The series of articles by Bob & Jens for MacroPolis: https://www.macropolis.gr/?i=portal.en.the-agora&t=46
    Bob Traa's book: https://www.amazon.com/Macroeconomy-Greece-Odysseus-Journey-Sustainability/dp/B089CSJCL4
    Bob's article on migration shifts in the EU: https://www.macropolis.gr/?i=portal.en.the-agora.11150
    Jens's publications for ELIAMEP: https://www.eliamep.gr/en/members/jens-bastian/

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Earth, wind & fire – Greece, clean energy & the climate crisis

    Earth, wind & fire – Greece, clean energy & the climate crisis

    In the wake of the COP26 meeting, The Agora analyses what Greece brought to the discussion and how this tallies with the efforts being made on the ground to tackle the climate crisis.
    The head of policy at WWF Greece, Theodota Nantsou, evaluates the Greek authorities' actions.
    With the help of journalist Evridiki Bersi, we also take a closer look at wind power and why there are concerns about how this form of renewable energy is being expanded in Greece.
    First, though, we start with a look back at this summer's devastating wildfires in Greece. Documentary photographer Thodoris Nikolaou tells us what he witnessed in northern Evia, which suffered the most extensive destruction in August.
    Show notes:
    Kyriakos Mitsotakis at COP26: https://youtu.be/iBvhVsb5WTk
    Evridiki's article on wind power for Reporters United: https://www.reportersunited.gr/en/6557/too-much-of-a-good-thing-wind-power-and-the-battle-for-greeces-wild-heart/
    Thodoris's feature on the Evia wildfires for News247: Η καμένη Εύβοια είναι οι άνθρωποί της (news247.gr)
    WWF Greece's reaction to PM's COP26 speech: https://www.wwf.gr/ta_nea_mas/?uNewsID=4998416

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    • 51 min
    So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen Angela Merkel

    So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen Angela Merkel

    The outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel was a ubiquitous figure during the Greek crisis, often making her a target for the frustrations generated by the austerity policies she and her party, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), advocated.
    Some of that is water under the bridge now and her recent visit to Athens was accompanied by compliments and diplomatic niceties.
    As she continues her farewell tour, before a coalition led by the Social Democratic Party (SPD) assumes power in Berlin, we look back at the legacy of Merkel’s rocky relationship with Greece, during which she dealt with six different Greek Prime Ministers, and where it leaves ties between Berlin and Athens.
    Input comes from the head of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation’s (KAS) office in Athens, Henri-Giscard Bohnet, and Christos Katsioulis, who was in charge of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation’s (FES) office in the Greek capital between 2012 and 2017, at the height of Greece’s economic crisis.
    Useful links:
    Konrad Adenaeur Foundation Office, Greece: https://www.kas.de/en/web/griechenland
    Friedrich Ebert Foundation Office, Greece: https://athens.fes.de/gr/gia-mas/to-fes-stin-ellada


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    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
4 Ratings

4 Ratings

KiyaBabzani ,

Very well done Greek podcast.

Very well produced and well thought out podcast, I really appreciate that this is done fully in English for those living in Athens aren’t well-versed in the local language.

JohnNordin ,

Helpful and Rare

Insighful and interesting take on contemporary Greek issues. Hard to find anything on Greece that rises above shallow tourist commercialism, but this is it.

Jean Popoulos ,

Class

Fills a need I’ve had for some time: a high quality, English-based, analytical, objective, and intellectual source of content in Greek political, social, and economic issues. Even more relevant now given the times. Thank you Macropolis!

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